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Roy Keane Pokes Fun At Himself After Downbeat Guardiola Interview

Roy Keane Pokes Fun At Himself After Downbeat Guardiola Interview
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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One of the highlights of ITV's FA Cup coverage is always the combination of Roy Keane and Ian Wright in the studio.

The duo can often come across as polar opposites, with Keane taking his iconic "no nonsense" approach to punditry, while Wright provides a lighter - but still brilliantly insightful - presence.

The pair were reunited on Friday night for the huge fourth round tie between the top two in the Premier League, Manchester City and Arsenal.

League leaders Arsenal would lose out 1-0 at the Etihad - and Keane would prove to be the joker in the ITV studio, after his self-deprecating joke had Ian Wright and host Mark Pougatch in stitches.

ITV FA Cup: Roy Keane has studio in stitches

The season hasn't quite gone to plan for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. The arrival of Erling Haaland was expected to cement their position at the top of the Premier League, but that hasn't worked out as planned.

Haaland has been banging in goals at a scarcely believable rate, but City's performances as a whole have dropped from last season's brilliance, and Arsenal have stormed into a decisive lead in the table at the halfway mark.

Guardiola can come across as hostile in interviews at the best of times, and it was no different on ITV ahead of his side's clash with Arsenal on Friday night. He appeared downbeat in his interview with Gabriel Clarke, and walked out of the interview without thanking Clarke, after a frosty answer to his closing question about opposition coach Mikel Arteta.


Ian Wright would comment on Guardiola's interview when ITV cut back to the studio, saying: "It looked like hard work for him [Clarke]. I never hear anything out of these interviews. He always seems like he's someone that doesn't want to be doing them. It's really strange - I thought Gabe was on good form there, he wasn't being nasty there."

Roy Keane's response then had Wright and Pougatch in fits of laughter.

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For a man who so often toes the hardest line possible in criticising players and managers, it was hilarious to see Keane throw a jab at himself in the ITV studio on Friday night, and he couldn't resist breaking a smile after his joke.

City would go on to claim a tight 1-0 win, with defender Nathan Aké scoring the only goal. The two sides will play each other again on February 15 at the Emirates, in an enormous game in the Premier League title race.

Keane and Wright will be on our screens again on Saturday night, for the 8pm kick-off between Manchester United and Reading.


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